Salmonfly season was early to start and quick to happen this year. The higher water temps provided by the new water mixture from Billy Chinook and high temperatures in May brought the bugs out of the water and into the air. Luckily for us, the bugs are still around and the fish are very willing to eat the big-bug. Typically, cold and wet spring weather helps prolong the existence of the salmonflies. Without the weather, the hatch will probably end in mid June. Years ago, we would be fishing the Stones all the way until the last week of the month.
On a brighter note, the trout fishing has been very good to outstanding. The fish might be more educated but the desire to eat big-bugs makes them available to well presented flies. Fishing under an indicator, while not as entertaining as dries, has also proved to be a great source of action. Deschutes trout seem to be in great shape, with many fish carrying a large belly. Caddis hatches are also coming into the mix. More fish are being spotted sipping caddis and other small bugs in the shaded eddies. Not much of a transition between hatches from the looks of it. We will continue to run trips into late June for trout. There are dates available in July for caddis trips if there is interest.
Every blog update has to have something about steelhead! We’re already itching to get back to the swing. Late June has opportunities around Oregon. Time to start tying the summer patterns and building the good karma pool for those shade sessions on the North and Deschutes.